Posted by: livingscripture | June 20, 2011

Twelfth Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye?  You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.

                               Matthew 7: 4-5                                                               

How should we live this Word 

This warning of our Lord is very important for our existence.  We are so prone to recognize and condemn the defects of others and just as prone to excuse our own.  Already Fedrous, an ancient Roman author, and the Greek Aesop before him,  said that we go through life with two knapsacks.  One full of the defects of others, we hang in front of us.  The other, full of our defects, we hang on our back.  This is why we do not see them. 

With the metaphor of the eye, Jesus goes to the heart of the question.  Our eye, our way of seeing how others behave, is sick and actually obstructed by a wooden beam that deforms our vision.  And what is this wooden beam?  It is the lack of love.  It is our concentration on ourselves, on our arrogant pretense to judge our neighbor, deeming ourselves capable, we who have the wooden beam, of removing what is in the eyes of our brothers and sisters.                                                 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on how I regard others.  Do I take into consideration my own many defects before condemning those in others? 

Lord, You console us and revive us, assuring us that if we refrain from judging others, You and Your Father, in the Holy Spirit will embrace us with infinite mercy and exempt us from judgment.  May our lives sing out our gratitude for having placed us on the road of light. 

The voice of Saint Seraphino of Sarov

Judge yourself.  Then you will stop judging others.


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